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Monthly Archives: July 2009

The Truth About Working at Home… With Your Husband

A while back I wrote about the ugly Truth About Working at Home. Since Mark’s joined me at home while he works on a programming project of his own, I thought it was time for an update about life in a home office for two. 1. You will spend more time making food. I’m perfectly [...]

Me, Myself, and Kitty

As I’m editing my book, there are a lot of tasks on my plate: smoothing plot, seeding suspicions. But one of the most important things I’m doing is crystallizing the character of my protagonist, Kitty. It’s a lot of work. When I started out I had a vague idea of who she was: sort of [...]

World Building 101

Fantasy writers know what world building is. It’s where you flesh out all the details of your story’s strange milieu. How does magic work? What do they eat for breakfast in Upper Malefickia? And what is the name of those pirhanna-like fish you put in the river your heroes have to cross? But my book [...]

No One Cares Whodunit

I recently finished reading Save the Cat, by Blake Snyder. (Loved it!) Although it was chock full of useful info, the one piece of wisdom that really resonated with me was a single word: Whydunit. That’s the term the author uses for the mystery genre. When I read it, it was like one of those [...]